Cardinal Wilfrid Napier Calls Cardinals Closer Since Last Conclave

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In another conversation with a Cardinal who will be selecting our next Pope, Catholic News Service interviews Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Archbishop of Durban in South Africa, reflects on how the College of Cardinals is “closer” to one another than they were at the last Conclave. I love his reference to “googling” his fellow Cardinals! Cardinal [Read More...]

College of Cardinals Still Largely European

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From Rome Reports, here’s a great overview of the geographic breakdown of our current College of Cardinals: Should the papal election be based upon representation of the growing Catholic populations in areas of the world with less representation at the Conclave? This will be one of the interesting dynamics to watch in the days ahead. [Read more...]

Pope Benedict XVI’s Farewell Discourse to the College of Cardinals

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This morning’s “goodbye”, excerpted from News.va: Dear beloved brothers I welcome you all with great joy and cordially greet each one of you. I thank Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who as always, has been able to convey the sentiments of the College,┬áCor ad cor loquitur. Thank you, Your Eminence, from my heart. And referring to the [Read More...]

Pope Benedict Pledges Obedience to His Successor

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AdoptACardinal: Cardinal Sean, I’ve Adopted You!

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Over on Twitter this afternoon a new friend’s tweet caught my eye: I’m late to the prayer party! It looks like AdoptACardinal.org has been up on Twitter since February 23rd. Since then, 82,393 (and counting) folks have “adopted” a Cardinal. When I entered my adoption papers at the website today I was randomly matched with [Read More...]

Cardinal Pell Says No American Pope

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Just in from Catholic News Service, this video capturing Cardinal George Pell of Australia sharing his input on why our next Pope won’t be from the United States: Watch the video carefully for an overview of the American options – beginning with Cardinal George, who Cardinal Pell affirms would have been a “splendid Pope”. The [Read More...]

Get the Pope App – Free All Access News Source

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If you don’t have it yet, I’d recommend that today would be the perfect moment to download the Pope App. This free smartphone application is a project of News.va, the official Vatican media source. Here’s an overview: An app focused on the figure of His Holiness Benedict XVI. It will allow you to follow his [Read More...]

New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today by Cardinal Wuerl – A Must Read This Week!

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As we head into the Conclave, I’d like to add a “must read” to your wish list: New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Relator of the Synod of the Bishops on the New Evangelization. Here’s the blueprint: This is a new moment in the life of the Church, [Read More...]

“Sweet Sistine” Papal Brackets? Who Can Resist?!

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My first round picks are in for the Religion News Service papal brackets. I’m still not even close to publicly divulging who I’ve got going “all the way”, but I will tell you that it is one of those mentioned in the RNS Sweet Sixteen. On a more serious note, is there “harm” in taking [Read More...]

Cardinal Wuerl on TMZ – Weird Conclave News of the Day

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First, just fyi I’m planning a big LA Congress roundup post later today with tons of photos, so stay tuned. In the mean time, I’m busy digging out of my email inbox, where I found this little gem that just must be shared. His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, the sixth and current Archbishop of Washington, [Read More...]


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